Furniture is grouped around a gas fire, and includes custom-made coffee tables with oak tops and handmade iron legs. Carpet was inlaid in the marble floor to help soften the space visually, without compromising the clean-lined, contemporary feel.
“There is a lot of layering in the interior, with contrasting textures adding plenty of visual interest – just like the contrast provided by the building materials,” says the designer. “In the sunroom, for example, the polished marble floor is balanced by the textural wicker seating and leather dining chairs.”
To maintain a light, yet warm look, the walls are painted in a soft neutral that complements the marble floor.
“This room is very long and relatively narrow, with a lot of circulation areas leading off the space,” says Crowley. “It could have resembled a bowling alley, but having two functions – the dining area and casual seating – helps to give the room a strong identity.”
ESD initiatives ensure the sunroom, like the rest of the house, is warm in winter. All the windows and doors are double glazed, argon filled, and incorporate e-glass for good insulation.
Other key ESD features include solar water heating. Panels on the roof provide hot water for the house and the pool. Johnston says the panels alone can keep the pool at a temperature of up to 32°C for six months of the year.
“The water heating and insulation systems were developed in conjunction with AirComm Consultants to make the house as energy efficient as possible.”